If you’re looking for a perfect weekend getaway then Glasgow may be the place for you. Rich in history and culture, this important Scottish city has hundreds of activities, attractions and restaurants for you to discover.
We’ve created an itinerary so that you can make the most of your experience without worrying about where you should be going, all that’s left is to enjoy your weekend!
Where to Stay
Located in the heart of the city, Hallmark Hotel Glasgow is a lovely, affordable hotel that will make your stay in Glasgow perfection. With the option of a new room or a self-catering apartment, use of the spa and 24hr room service, you can customise your stay safe in the knowledge that you’ll be well looked after. Only a nine-mile drive from Glasgow airport and a short walk from the city centre, Hallmark Hotel Glasgow will help you have the relaxing weekend you deserve.
Travelling around Glasgow is simple as it follows a grid system. You can travel by train or subway to all the major attractions, jumping on and off between stops much like the Tube in London. Purchase the SPT ‘Roundabout’ ticket from Scotrail; it gives you one-day, unlimited travel by railway and subway in the Greater Glasgow area. We’d also recommend downloading Glasgow’s Walking app, which will not only help you find your way around the city but also show you some of Glasgow’s hidden gems.
Grab a Coffee
To kick off your weekend in Glasgow, head out for some breakfast and a delicious coffee. There are lots of different places you and your loved one can visit but the top of our list is Spitfire Espresso. A 20-minute walk or 10-minute subway trip from your hotel, Spitfire Espresso is a friendly café with a must-try menu. Head there for a Lancaster Bomber and a cup of tea before heading out to see the sights.
Discover the Greats
Between March-October, take part in the Merchant City Music tour, which runs every Saturday at 11am. This lively guided walk will show you Glasgow’s best music venues, where many of the greats have played. Costing £17 per adult, it’s a great way to discover a side to Glasgow that isn’t well known, as well as becoming familiar with the streets and buildings.
Hit the Shops
Just a 14-minute walk from Hallmark Hotels Glasgow is the main district for shopping in the city. Princes Square shopping centre is a 19th-century building and home to extravagant exterior design (you’ll know what we mean when you get there!). Luxury brands such as Kurt Geiger and Jo Malone take up residence here as well as a number of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Rest your Feet
After all that walking, take the weight off your feet by resting in The Bon Accord with a drink. Awarded UK Whisky Bar of the Year 2015, The Bon Accord has been run by the McDonagh family for the last 17 years. The pub is home to over 400 different whiskies, ranging from new to the old, including the rare 70-year-old Glenlivet. There’s even live music from 9pm on Saturdays, so pop back in the evening for some great entertainment.
Explore the Kinetic
For some unusual afternoon entertainment, book tickets for the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, which hosts the same incredible show every Saturday at 3pm. This 45-minute performance uses the original set of Kinemats from St. Petersburg (1974-1989) and is an amazing display of mechanics and art, creating a stunning, ethereal play. You can find out more about the show and Kinemats here but for a magical experience, we’d recommend going without any prior knowledge, it really will blow you away!
Find the Art
After your hearty breakfast at Hallmark Hotels Glasgow, why not go on an art exploration? The City Centre Regeneration team have created a mural trail that takes you on a walk showcasing the city’s best street art. See if you can spot The Swimmer, a famous mural which was commissioned in celebration of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. There’s even an app you can download which will explain each painting and its inspiration.
Dine in Style
Prepare yourself for the afternoon’s activities by having a late lunch at Two Fat Ladies and the Butterfly. Known as a classic Scottish restaurant, the kitchen serves a lunch menu of impressive seafood including the catch of the day and fillet of cod. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of seafood, there’s plenty of meat and vegetarian options on offer too.
Learn the History
For a chilled Sunday, immerse yourself in Glasgow’s rich history. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a beautiful museum with 22 galleries to discover and explore. It’s perfect for any weather, with beauty laying in both the architecture and the surrounding gardens, and its family-friendly exhibitions mean it’s great for kids should you want to take the little ones.
Visiting the Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a lovely way to round off your weekend’s activities. Created in 1817 by Thomas Hopkirk, this garden is home is hundreds of amazing and exotic plants as well as famous sculptures. Open till 6pm in summer and 4:15pm in winter, this free attraction is one of Glasgow’s best; pop over to the tearooms for a spot of lunch whilst you’re there.
For your last evening, head to The Grosvenor in Ashton Lane, a hidden gem of Glasgow. Only an eight-minute walk from the Botanical gardens, this area of the city is made up of an independent cinema, vinyl bar and The Grosvenor Café, making it a vibrant hub of food and entertainment.
The Grosvenor Café offers a range of classic and tasty food as well as an extensive drinks menu. Ashton Lane is a great place to take in the cobbled streets and traditional buildings, before heading back to your Hallmark Hotels' room for some well-deserved rest.
We hope our guide to the perfect weekend in Glasgow will help you plan an unforgettable break. However, our staff know the area inside out, so will be happy to answer your questions and give personalised recommendations during your stay.
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